I don’t know about you all, but it’s getting HOT where I am at the moment. And as a self-proclaimed islander, I gotta say I love it. Nice weather makes me happy. I get all KINDS of Vitamin D when the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Ok, I know birds chirping have nothing to do with Vitamin D, but I find that I tend to notice the little things when it’s nice outside and I’m happy. So that’s what I wanted to talk about with you guys this week.
What things have been keeping you happy these past few weeks? It doesn’t have to be deep, but it can be. For example, I’ve recently started watching this show Community. I know, I know, it’s been 5 years since it ended, but I was late to the game. To be honest, Friends has been my favorite show ever made for as long as I can remember (we’ll see if that stays the same when I finish Community), and I don’t think I had enough room in my heart for two cult comedic classics. But now, with some more free time and the suggestion of a friend, I decided to give Community a try.
And let me just say- wow. I’m so glad I did. The cast on that show is INCREDIBLE. From Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, and we can’t forget Ken Jeong. They play off each other so well that it’s hard not to laugh. The ability to just laugh with every ensuing episode really has brought joy to my daily routine. It’s interesting because I feel that this show is hitting different for me, maybe it’s the time of my life, or this time in history, but I feel like this is DIFFERENT. Ha, I sound like any guy/girl telling their friends they’ve met someone new. “Hey guys I know I was just in love with someone, but I just met some completely different person I don’t know at all, but this just feels different.” Ok, ok, I’m not here making fun of love but the point is, this time it is different. The cast of characters in Community make me laugh so hard that I have tears streaming down my face.
Watching Community has helped me realize it’s the little things that can bring you joy. And those little things help you recognize and appreciate other little things, and when you add them up, you see the bigger picture of your LIFE. Community has made me notice other little things like – realizing how lucky I am to have my group of friends and how fun it is when we all hang out. It’s made me appreciate some much-needed levity and reminded me to stay a big kid at heart. It’s helped me realize how lucky I am to live in a time where I can watch ANYTHING I want through a few clicks and taps of my mouse and keyboard. Not-so-deep things covered, now some deep things.
It has emphasized how lucky I am to be in a safe environment, where I can laugh and watch TV shows in peace. My parents are Sri Lankan, and emigrated from Sri Lanka to the US in the late 80s/early 90s. They lived through a civil war and their homes getting bombed. Every time I load up a Youtube video or Netflix, I’m reminded of how privileged I am to do that. It’s made me appreciate I’ve been and born raised in a community of people that love and care about me. I have cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, coworkers, exs (ok maybe not the ex part, don’t fall for the quarantine “oh I miss him/her” thing people, maybe I’ll write about that in another article), who I have reconnected with.
I’m reminded that I have talked to some of these people more in the past three months than I have in the past three years before this. I may not be physically with them, but I can still talk to them. I have a group of people that is there for me, and me for them. And with that thought, I’m led to this: everything is going to be ok. I can take anything life throws at me. Similar to the various seasons/plot lines/character arcs of a show, life can take us through a rollercoaster of a journey. But if you can remember to take the good with the bad, and appreciate the small moments you encounter on your journey, a magical thing will happen. You will realize how lucky we all are to be alive.
So that’s it. Deep, but not too deep. A little bit of a change of pace for me. But I wanted to share with you all my new favorite show, and how little things can add up. What is something that’s helped you during this quarantine? What is something that has been making you smile? Leave it in the comments below.
Oh I lied. Just one more thing. Takes One is on social media! Our Instagram handle is @takesoneme. On Instagram you can see more of the Takes one community and our book, Small Thoughts for the Super Single, written by Ronald. Check it out, it’s a great read if you’re a hopeless romantic like myself.
You can also follow us on Facebook as well! Honestly not as active as our Instagram, but we’re working on it.
Cheers my friends.